Happy to help with art­work

Tablelands Advertiser - - LIFESTYLE - Bec Singh

MA­REEBA artist Kaye Peter­son has al­ways been draw­ing and her quirky style emerges in her art­work.

Fo­cus­ing mainly on an­i­mals Ms Peter­son cre­ates pho­to­like re­al­is­tic im­ages through pas­tels and pen­cils.

“You can­not get an an­i­mal’s shape wrong and you can­not get their colour wrong,” she said.

The mother of three does not have a back­ground story to go with her paint­ings but en­joys the smiles peo­ple give when view­ing her art.

“I do not like to cre­ate emo­tive works. I want peo­ple to be happy when they look at one of my paint­ings,” she said.

While com­plet­ing her Bach­e­lor of Vis­ual Arts at James Cook Univer­sity Peter­son found her niche.

“I did a pas­tel class at uni and I en­joyed be­ing able to get my hands dirty while creat­ing a big piece of work,” she said.

Although Ms Peter­son has been paint­ing her en­tire life, her par­ents have been her big­gest sup­port­ers.

“My par­ents al­ways en­cour­aged me, I at­tended Elaine Seaty’s art class and a pottery class when I was nine,” she said.

Her par­ents’ house is like a mini art gallery con­tain­ing all her works which prompted her fa­ther to take up fram­ing.

“My dad did not like the prices of fram­ing and de­cided to do them him­self,” she said.

Although her par­ents may dis­agree, Ms Peter­son said her cre­ative streak was in­her­ited from her par­ents which she hoped to pass to her chil­dren.

“My par­ents never drew or painted which is why they had me en­rolled in class,” she said.

“The kids helped me paint the Deb Ball back­grounds and know the ba­sics of art.”

Pic­ture: Bec Singh

Ma­reeba artist Kaye Peter­son with a draw­ing she did of her daugh­ter be­fore she went to her bal­let class.

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